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MA Religion and Pluralism: Ancient & Modern

University of Groningen
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Groningen
English
01 September 2022

About this program

MA Religion and Pluralism: Ancient Modern

How did the Romans view religious-political differences? What potential for pluralism exists in modern monotheisms and secularisms?

Tension between group solidarity and productive relations with 'others' has been part of human history for as long as evidence exists. In Europe, it has played out most enduringly in relations among the monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Today, in the face of mass migration from Muslim regions, questions of political identity and belonging remain bound up with religious affiliation. This one-year degree program focuses on relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the antique world and how these relations have formed our modern society. We will explore concepts as religious pluralism, politics, and their many interfaces globally in particular.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

Language test-An English language test for Dutch students is only important if you do not have a VWO-diploma. TOEFL: 90 internet IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Previous education-Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another Bachelor's Degree may be admitted via a pre-master's program.

International diploma

Language test-Sufficient proficiency in English is required. Minimum requirements: TOEFL 90 internet or IELTS: 6.5 (6.0 on each part). Exemption granted if:

  • You are a native speaker of, and have completed your full secondary level education in: the USA, Canada (only when taught in English), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • You have completed a full-time Bachelor program (nominal duration of at least three years) in: the USA, Canada (only when English taught), the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.

If English was the medium of instruction during your previous education, but you do not meet any of the above mentioned requirements, you are still required to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

Previous education-Bachelor's Degree in Theology, Religious Studies, Arts, Philosophy or Social Science (e.g. Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology). Depending on your former study and courses a reading package will be provided. We assume that you are aware of the concepts and theoretical discussions outlined in this literature. Students with another Bachelor's Degree can be permitted via a pre-master's program.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Religious Diversity in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Texts of Terror
  • 'Othering' in Early Islam
  • Historical Methods in Early Christianity
  • Reception and Re-Use of Authoritative Texts
  • Internship
  • Master's Thesis + thesis seminar

Scholarships & funding

Talent grants are available for non-EU/EEA students. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,209 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 14,570 per year

Qualification

Credits-(60 ECTS)

Career paths

As a graduate you can become an adviser and policymaker on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You may work in cultural organisations and companies in the public sector. In addition, you can work in the media. You can become a teacher of religion or philosophy. If you want to pursue an academic career, you can follow this track as a specialization within the Research Master's program.

  • Consulting Policy-You are able to provide well-founded advice on interreligious issues and multicultural society. You can use this expertise in an advisory position at cultural organizations, in companies or in the public sector. Your knowledge equips you for policymaking positions in this field.
  • Media Journalism-The current debate often refers to perceived historical realities. Your expertise in the formative periods of Judaism, Christianity and Islam enables you to ask critical questions concerning modern-day claims about these religious traditions. You can use your knowledge and skills as an editor at a publishing company, broadcasting company, newspaper or news and current affairs magazine. You could also work as a freelancer.
  • Education-Once you have completed this Master's program you will have enough knowledge of the subject to become a secondary school teacher in the subject of Religious Studies and Philosophy or Social Studies. You could also opt for a position in higher vocational education, for example teaching Theology at a university of applied sciences. As you also need didactic skills as a teacher, it is advisable to do a Master's in Education after you have completed your regular Master's program.

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...


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9712 GL Groningen
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